How Do I Launch KDE Desktop Environment from the Terminal/Command Line of a Regular User?

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Tue Nov 2 13:00:05 GMT 2010

On Monday, 2010-11-01, Singapore Citizen Mr. Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming) 张恩鸣 
> Hi,
> May I know how do I launch KDE desktop environment from the
> terminal/command line of a regular user?
> Is it "exec startkde"? If not, please advise.
> I am currently using the GNOME desktop environment and I launch it by
> executing "startx" on the command line. I want GNOME to be my default
> desktop environment but launch KDE desktop environment whenever necessary.
> How do I go about launching KDE from the command line manually?

I think this should work

startx -- /usr/bin/startkde

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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